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|Title:||Effect of gap sizes on specific leaf area and Chlorophyll contents at the Castanopsis kawakamii Natural Reserve Forest, China|
Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, Mahidol University
Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University
|Keywords:||Agricultural and Biological Sciences|
|Citation:||Forests. Vol.9, No.11 (2018)|
|Abstract:||© 2018 by the authors. The two hemispherical photographs (THP) method was used to calculate gap area. The areas of nine forest gaps were measured. Meanwhile, non-gap areas were selected as control groups with areas of 225 m 2 . Plots with areas of 25 m 2 in five different directions within gap and non-gap areas were conducted for collecting leaf samples. To determine the effect of gap size on leaf traits the selected traits were leaf area (LA), leaf dry mass (LDM), specific leaf area (SLA), Chlorophyll a (Chl a), chlorophyll b (Chl b), total chlorophyll (TChl), and carotenoid (CAR). Leaves were collected from the regeneration layer (< 2 cm DBH, height 2-5 m) to measure the leaf traits in winter and summer seasons. Results confirmed significant positive correlations between LA and LDM in the small, medium, large gap sizes, and non-gap areas (r 2 = 0.913, 0.827, 0.897, and 0.939, p < 0.01, respectively). On the contrary, relationships between LDM and SLA in the small, medium, large gap sizes, and non-gap areas have significant negative correlations (r 2 = -0.269, -0.259, -0.417, and -0.505, p < 0.05, respectively). The effect of gap size on the average Chl a, Chl b, TChl, and CAR varies by the season. During the summer season, the highest chlorophyll contents were recorded in the small gap size and the lowest in the non-gap area, while during the winter season, the highest values of these chlorophyll contents appeared in the medium gap size. Moreover, the directions within the gap in the medium gap size of the summer season had an effect on the Chl a and TChl.|
|Appears in Collections:||Scopus 2018|
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